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Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
What kind of game is it?
It's a 3D platformer for the PlayStation Portable and PS2 featuring the PS2-era mascots Jak & Daxter. There's also an aerial component to the game, with combat and exploration elements. The J&D games were originally made by Naughty Dog for PS2, who have since been busy with Uncharted on PS3. Developer High Impact games is creating this original title.
Who's the Developer?
High Impact Games is located in Burbank, CA, and was started by former employees of Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank, Resistance) and Naughty Dog. Their previous two games were original takes on the Ratchet & Clank franchise: Size Matters and Secret Agent Clank.
What's the story?
In his hands-on preview, G4tv.com freelancer Joe Rybicki describes the plot of Lost Frontier:
"This time, they're adapting the Naughty Dog franchise Jak and Daxter to the small screen. In The Lost Frontier, our cartoonishly heroic duo finds themselves exploring the most distant areas of their world, where they discover the areas where the legendary Precursors stopped building the planet. With a new perspective into the inner workings of their world, they learn that the Eco -- the magical essence that flows through the world -- is dramatically out of balance. Their job, of course, is to restore it."
What'd we say?
Jason D'Aprile reviewed Jak & Daxter and gave it a score of 4/5:
"Camera issues aside, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier's strength lies in its humor and comfortably engaging gameplay. The visuals are sharp, detailed, and colorful and the voice work is great. The story, level design, and characters reflect the original games’ clever playfulness, and this is definitely a worthy addition to the series. There's nothing astonishingly original here, but The Lost Frontier is simply a great platformer that lives up to the Jak legacy."
See it in action: